Recent Skyway Monotube Cleanup

Tampa Bay Watch staff and volunteers removed an estimated 10,000 feet of fishing line and over 20 pounds of lures and tackle underneath the south Skyway fishing pier on February 17.

We also removed 170 hooks from the environment, preventing countless bird entanglement issues.

Thank you to our hard-working volunteers and the Florida Audubon for their help, as well as the funders, Restore America's Estuaries, and SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Fund.

Working Together:

Learn more about the Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission's Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program!

Report all entangled marine life to the FWC: 888-404-3922.

 

FISHING LINE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING

Monofilament ("mono") fishing line is a serious threat to birds and other wildlife in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida. Discarded fishing line and other dangerous entangling debris collects in local bird sanctuaries and colonial nesting areas where birds and other wildlife can easily become entangled or hooked.

 

Birds hooked at fishing piers or elsewhere may return to nesting colonies or roosts, trailing line that drapes over trees and ultimately endangers the lives of many other animals.

 

Tampa Bay and the Gulf coast contain some of the most important bird colonies in the entire state. In fact, the National Audubon's Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries directly protects or assists in the protection of more than 50,000 breeding pairs of birds of 25 species, many of which are endangered, threatened, or a designated species of special concern.

Where Does It Go?

Berkley Fishing Conservation Institute has recycled monofilament fishing line since 1990. The line is recycled into fishing equipment or artificial fish habitats.

 

Anglers can mail used monofilament line directly to Berkley’s collection center at the following address: Berkley Recycling, 1900 18th Street, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.

 

Adopt a Mono Tube

Monofilament fishing line cleanup is important because fishing line takes over 600 years to decompose.

 

With the help of volunteers, Tampa Bay Watch removes and recycles an estimated 50,000 feet of fishing line per year. Our volunteers take responsibility for—or "adopt"—a mono tube, monitoring and collecting fishing line and delivering it to Tampa Bay Watch, where we send it out for recycling.

 

Would you like to get involved? Adopt a mono tube and be part of the solution!

 

Can't find a monotube? Click here to view our monotube recycling stations map.

 

Contact Melinda Spall with questions about the Monotube program.

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